In yet another attack on Indian students here, a 22-year-old youth was punched on his face by a group of Australians, who also told the victim that "in this place there is no home for you".

Sai Ratan Tiwari, who hails from Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, was on his way to a temple along with a friend yesterday when two Australians stopped him and asked where they were going.

"I told them I was going home instead of disclosing that I was going to a temple," said Tiwari, who arrived here a year ago to persue Bachelors of Information Systems.

Tiwari, a student of Ballarat University, said he was scared to disclose that he was visiting a temple.

"They punched on my face and told me 'in this place there is no home for you'," he said, adding he refused to go to hospital and instead was treated by an on-site ambulance.

He said while his friend was trying to make a phone call to police, the attackers snatched the phone and fled the scene.